By Paula Deen
- Prep time: 40 minutes
- Cook time: 40 minutes
- Servings: 40
- 1 cup kosher salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 gallon water
- 1 (18-21 lb) skin intact and boned except for drumsticks turkey
- Paula Deen House Seasoning
- 1 (3-4 lb) boned duck
- 1 (3-4 lb) boned chicken
- 1 cup self rising cornmeal
- 1/2 cup self rising flour
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 plus 5 more, beaten eggs
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 7 slices dried in warm oven white bread
- 1 sleeve saltine crackers
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1 large chopped onion
- 7 cups chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
To make the brine: Mix kosher salt and sugar with the water. Brine is ready when the mixture is completely dissolved. If the water is heated to quicken the process, make sure it is cooled to room temperature before placing meat in. Let the 3 birds sit in brine in the refrigerator overnight.
Preheat roaster to 500 °F.
Lay turkey skin side down on a flat surface. Dust turkey with House Seasoning and add 1/4-inch layer of cornbread dressing. Lay duck skin side down on top of dressing. Dust duck with House Seasoning and add 1/4-inch layer of dressing. Repeat with the chicken.
Begin trussing up the turkey at the neck. Insert metal skewer about 1/2-inch from the edge and up through the other side. Run butcher’s twine between skin and skewer and tighten to draw both sides together. Continue down to legs. With every other skewer, draw together the duck and chicken skin. Tie together turkey legs to resemble standard turkey. Dust turkey skin with paprika.
Roast turducken for 15 minutes. Then turn the roaster down to 225 °F to finish, approximately 3 hours. Remove turducken from roaster once the internal temperature in the chicken reaches 155 °F. Let rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.
Cut across the middle of the breast completely through. Plate thin slices containing turkey, duck and chicken.
Cook’s Notes: If using a smoker to cook, smoke at 225 °F for 5 hours, rotating every 20 to 30 minutes until internal temperature reaches 155 °F and external temperature reaches 165 °F. Try to keep the flare-ups from the fire to a minimum.
Preheat oven to 350 °F.
To make the cornbread, combine self-rising cornmeal, self-rising flour, buttermilk, 2 eggs and vegetable oil and pour into a greased shallow baking dish. Bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
To make the dressing, crumble dried white bread slices, cornbread and crackers. Mix together and set aside. Sauté chopped celery and onion in butter until transparent, approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Pour over corn bread mixture. Add stock, mix well and add salt, pepper, sage and poultry seasoning. Add 5 beaten eggs and mix well. Follow instructions above to stuff birds.